Portland events calendar - April 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend shows, discount tickets, theater, Earth Day, and kids’ free events in Portland, Oregon.

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Enjoy the best Portland events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Mileage is from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Wine tasting

April 1, 2016

1.6 mile NW

Get a taste from 25 Columbia Gorge wineries at the Portland Grand Tasting at Castaway.

Theatrical dance

April 1 - 2, 2016 (begins March 31)

8 miles SW

The theme of Kidd Pivot is bewilderment in the wake of disaster, at Newmark Theatre. Discount tickets $13.

Scooter party

April 1 - 3, 2016

Portland locations

Spring Scoot is a weekend of rides and social events for riders of mopeds, scooters, and bicycles. Free.

Comedy and variety acts

April 1 - 3, 2016 (begins March 31)

4.7 miles NE

Umbrella Festival is a circus and comedy show with acrobats, aerialists, and clowns, plus an adult cabaret night of drag and burlesque at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Auto parts swap meet

April 1 - 3, 2016 (begins March 31)

7 miles north

Choose from two auto-parts swap meets.

Ghost conference

April 1 - 3, 2016

79 miles NW

Oregon Ghost Conference features guest speakers, classes, vendors, special investigations, and social events in historic Oregon City.

Tulip festival

April 1 - May 1, 2016 (begins March 25)

35 miles south

See 40 acres of tulips and daffodils in bloom, visit the gift shop & cafe, and check the weekend events schedule for Tulip Fest at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn.

Brazilian music

April 2, 2016 (7 p.m.)

0.6 miles SW

Hear a wide range of roots jazz from Brazil at Sounds of Brazil: Dia do Choro in the Historic Old Church.

Women’s show

April 2, 2016

1.5 miles NE

Portland Women’s Expo features a fashion show, food samples, beer and wine garden, rock wall, and health & beauty products at Oregon Convention Center. Discount tickets $6.

Ashland film festival

April 7 - 11, 2016

285 miles south

Ashland Independent Film Festival features world-class films, locally made films, after-parties, awards, and filmmaker panels in downtown Ashland.

Tour historic homes

April 9, 2016 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Portland locations

Get renovation ideas by visiting 7 restored, historic homes on the self-guided Old House Revival Tour.

Hardy plant sale

April 9 - 10, 2016

7 miles north

Shop for new and time-tested plants as well as garden art at Hortlandia, a plant and art sale run by Hardy Plant Society of Oregon (HPSO) at Portland Expo Center. Free.

Spring in Hood River

April 9 - 25, 2016 (weekends)

81 miles east

Drive the 35-mile Fruit Loop during Hood River Valley Blossom Time to see blossoming fruit trees, stop at farms, taste beer and wine (and visit the Blossom Craft Show).

Bridge to Brews

April 10, 2016

2 miles north

Run or walk the Bridge to Brews 8K/10K over the Fremont bridge and to a post-race party at Waterfront Park with beer tasting and live music.

New ballet

April 14 - 23, 2016

8 miles SW

Oregon Ballet and guest artists perform Beautiful Decay, juxtaposing the daring athleticism of youth with the fragility of old age at Newmark Theatre. Discount tickets $24.

Tony-winning musical

April 14 - May 1, 2016

0.3 miles SW

The cast of In the Heights sings and dances to vibrant hip-hop, pop, and Latin music as they tell the story of tight-knit Dominican-Americans at Brunish Theatre. Discount tickets $24.

Belgian beer festival

April 15 - 16, 2016

1.5 miles north

Try Belgian offerings from 40 breweries, vote for your favorites, and eat at Cheers to Belgian Beers at Metalcraft Fabrication.

Hard cider festival

April 16, 2016

70.1 miles east

Try samples from 20 cideries at Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest, which includes art & food vendors, a kids’ area, and music from bluegrass to classic rock.

Orchid show

April 16 - 17, 2016

1.5 miles NE

See thousands of blooming orchids on display and for sale at the Oregon Orchid Show & Sale, billed as the largest orchid show in the Pacific Northwest, at Ambridge Event Center.

Earth Day

April 16 - 23, 2016

Earth Day is April 22. All events are free.

Folk circus

April 19 - 20, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

0.2 miles SW

The Canadian acrobats of Cirque Alfonse perform tumbling tricks, aerial artistry, and axe juggling with a lumberjack theme in Timber at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Discount tickets $13 to $27


April 20 - 21, 2016

8 miles SW

The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre showcases its best aspiring dancers at the Annual School Performance at Newmark Theatre.

Extreme motorsports race

April 22 - 24, 2016

Oregon locations

Oregon Trail Rally begins Friday evening at Portland International Raceway with a rally and driver meet & greet. Dufur and Hood River also host spectator events for this race on gravel logging roads.

Giant art show

April 22 - 24, 2016

1.5 miles NE

Local artists’ guilds join forces to sell ceramic, metal, wood, glass, bead, and handwoven art at Gathering of the Guilds at Oregon Convention Center. Free.

Rocks & minerals show

April 22 - 24, 2016

7.7 miles NE

Mt. Hood Rock Club Show features demonstrations, kids’ activities, and vendors seling rocks, minerals, fossils, and jewelry at Jackson Armory. Free.

Astoria seafood festival

April 22 - 24, 2016

87 miles NW

Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival features coastal cuisine, arts and crafts, and wine tasting. Children are free on Sunday.

82nd Avenue of Roses Parade

April 23, 2016 (9:30 a.m.)

6 miles SE

The 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade is followed by a carnival and car show at Eastport Plaza. Free.

Pet fair

April 23 - 24, 2016

7 miles north

Bring your pet to Northwest Pet Fair to shop for supplies, see a pet fashion show, play with pets, or even adopt at Portland Expo Center. Free.

Agricultural festival

April 23 - 24, 2016

46 miles south

Experience life on the farm. Plant a seedling, ride a pony, watch chicks hatch, pet a rabbit, or even dig for potatoes at Oregon Ag Fest at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem.


April 25 - 26, 2016

0.5 miles NW

TechfestNW is a technology conference with speakers, parties, networking, and a job fair at 128 NW 11th Avenue in the Pearl District.

Ceramics show

April 29 - May 1, 2016

1.3 miles north

Ceramic Showcase, billed as the largest U.S. show and sale of pottery, has 200 Oregon and Washington artists at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Free.

Sing along

April 2016 (undated)

0 miles

Sing along with popular singing groups at Singin’ in the Square at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Wine tasting in the Gorge

April 2016 (undated)

100 miles east

Buy a passport for weekend tastings and events at dozens of wineries during April Passport Month.
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